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Knight News Challenge 2013

Our coverage of the rounds of the 2013 Knight News Challenge, in which journalism innovators seek funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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The common thread through several of the eight winners: turning underpowered phones into information engines. Joshua Benton
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Money from the Knight News Challenge will be used to grow Wikipedia Zero, a project that makes the site more accessible on feature phones. Justin Ellis
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There might not by Internet access out in the fields, but WeFarm hopes that SMS and a human network built on translation and information sharing can let farmers get more out of their land. Caroline O'Donovan
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The Knight News Challenge winner will experiment with using cheap tools and existing networks to produce radio programming through mobile devices. Justin Ellis
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The InformaCam app, which uses metadata to help authenticate videos and photos, is being developed with funding from the Knight News Challenge. Justin Ellis
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Activists, journalists, and others could use the mobile tool kit to share information on SIM cards the way files are shared on thumb drives. Justin Ellis
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The Knight News Challenge winner creates mobile surveys to help communities increase input from residents on important issues.
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Design studio TKOH will use its Knight News Challenge award to complete a prototype and run pilot testing.
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But the bigger news is that the News Challenge “may be finished” as Knight looks for better ways to identify fundable innovation ideas in journalism, media, and communities. Joshua Benton
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